The way to a healthy mind is through the stomach, according to psychiatrist Drew Ramsey. The right foods can decrease your risk of depression by 50%, and treat clinical mental disorders. Ramsey’s latest book is “Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health” (http://goo.gl/GSyJqj).
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Transcript – For about ten years we’ve had very strong correlational data showing that, for example, when you eat poorly your risk of depression and illnesses like depression just go up 70/80 percent. And when you eat a more traditional diet like a Mediterranean diet or Japanese diet your risk of an illness like depression can go down by as much as 50 percent. And so that’s now led to the first clinical trial that is just being reported showing that a Mediterranean diet augmented with some red meat actually can treat clinical depression, major depression disorder. And it’s a very exciting moment for nutritional psychiatry. It’s a time when we have more science that tells us food should really be part of the conversation when it comes to our mental health. We are facing an incredible mental health academic. I’ve been in New York as a psychiatrist now for 16 years and the amount of distress and the amount of mortality that we’re seeing is like levels we’ve never seen before and we need as many tools in our toolbox and food is very much there, both from just common sense. We all know that to feel right we need to eat right, but then also backed up by now an incredible amount of science showing that a core set of nutrients actually have very clear data that can help in the prevention and the treatment of illnesses, again, like depression and dementia. So we want to encourage people to eat those foods that have most of these nutrients and then help them do that is really part of a mental health care plan.
We think about a lot of illnesses when we eat, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and it’s always struck me that really the illness you should be worried about or the organ you should be worried about when you’re eating is your brain because that is by far your biggest asset. It consumes more of your energy in your food than any other organ you have. And so focusing on the nutrients your brain needs guide you to a slightly different set of foods that if you focus on just things like calories or saturated fat or preventing something like cancer. And so it’s an exciting moment as the data begins to catch up with common sense. Read Full Transcript Here: http://goo.gl/ZKYdOU.